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Basketball Long Beach State

Larry Anderson Returning To Long Beach State Men’s Basketball

The last time Long Beach State men’s basketball was in the NCAA Tournament, Larry Anderson was a huge part of why that 2012 team made history.

More than a decade later, Anderson is back in the Black & Gold to help the Beach get back into the postseason as an assistant coach on Dan Monson’s staff.

“Larry was part of my first full recruiting class here at Long Beach State,” Monson said in an official release. “Casper Ware, TJ Robinson, Eugene Phelps, and Larry came in and changed the culture of our program— one where winning was earned and expected. I am excited to have Larry back to share his knowledge and experiences with our student athletes. He knows what standard is in this program on the court, in the classroom as well as socially. Larry is a natural leader and coach on the floor, and we are excited to have his energy and Beach loyalty on our sidelines.”

After LBSU, Anderson played in the NBA G League as well as in Europe across Belgium, Finland and Israel. Mostly recently, Anderson was an assistant coach at Cerritos College.

“I’m very fortunate and blessed to come back and coach at my Alma Mater,” Anderson said. “I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to help the next generation of student-athletes reach their goals on and off the court at a place that I’m so passionate about. I’m looking forward to putting Long Beach State back on the national radar and once again reaching the NCAA Tournament.”

At LBSU, Anderson was a three time first-team All-Big West selection while setting a school record with 206 steals. He also ranks in the school’s Top 10 in scoring, assists and rebounding.

Anderson, who went to Long Beach Jordan High School, joined Ed Ratleff are the only players in LBSU history to score 1500 points, grab 500 rebounds and make 300 assists in their college careers.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.